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Canadian Hollie Naughton (ON) captures the silver medal at 2022 Commonwealth Video games


Historical past has been made on the 2022 Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham, England as Canadian Hollie Naughton has captured the silver medal within the ladies’s singles squash occasion. That is the primary time a Canadian girl has medaled in squash on the Commonwealth Video games.

The Gold Medal remaining featured two younger squash superstars in Naughton (World #20) at 27 years previous towards Georgina Kennedy (World #8) of England at 25 years previous. Each ladies have been competing within the greatest remaining of their careers and didn’t disappoint the large crowd watching dwell on the College of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre. The ultimate was a back-and-forth affair with the gamers buying and selling nice winners and unforced errors and, in the long run, it was Kennedy that got here out on prime to win the gold medal by 3-1 (11-7, 11-5, 12-14, 11-5). Naughton will carry residence the silver medal. Within the Bronze medal match, Sarah-Jane Perry of England defeated Joelle King of New Zealand in a five-set match by 3-2 (6-11, 9/11, 11-8, 11-6, 14-12).

Naughton, the reigning, and three-time Canadian Ladies’s Champion competed on the highest stage over the course of the ladies’s singles occasion and displayed a few of her most interesting squash main as much as the ultimate. She grew to become the bottom seeded participant (5/8) to achieve the gold medal remaining in Video games historical past having defeated Lijana Sultana of Malta (3-0) within the Spherical of 32, 9/16 seed Aifa Azman of Malaysia (3-0) within the Spherical of 16, 3/4 seed Joshna Chinappa of India (3-0) within the Quarterfinals after which shocked the primary seed and defending champion Joelle King of New Zealand (3-1) within the semifinals.

“Actually proud and completely satisfied for Hollie.  She has had such a superb week and displayed actual composure in what’s the greatest occasion of her profession,” mentioned Canadian Squash Coach Graeme Williams. “This composure has allowed her to play her finest squash and react within the second to what has been occurring and produce some fantastic performances.  I hope she makes use of this week as a platform for even higher issues.”

“Congratulations to Hollie! We’re extremely happy with her very spectacular accomplishment; she is the primary Canadian girl to win a silver medal for Squash at a Commonwealth Video games,” exclaimed Squash Canada President Sandra Thompson. “Watching Hollie progress by means of the draw has been really thrilling, her accuracy mixed along with her anticipation and fast reflexes netted her the silver medal. Thanks, Hollie on your dedication and dedication to Squash, you’re really inspiring.”

Squash has been within the Commonwealth Video games since 1998 and Canada had beforehand solely ever received two medals – each by former World Champion Jonathon Energy (1998 – Silver and 2002 – Gold). Naughton will now add her title to the record of legends in Canadian squash historical past along with her silver medal. “I imply while you put it like that I’m up there with a legend of the sport. It’s an incredible, superb achievement and I’m tremendous proud,” acknowledged Naughton. “I’m hoping it is a big steppingstone for squash and it may encourage some youthful generations to point out you that you are able to do it. I imply it’s been 20 years since he did it, so hopefully we don’t have to attend one other 20 years for an additional medal. It’s superb.”

Naughton was requested what influence this silver medal can have on inspiring a brand new era of feminine squash gamers in Canada. “I’m hoping that I’ll encourage among the subsequent era to point out that you are able to do it, it’s potential, you simply should dedicate your self and present that willpower and grit. I imply what an unbelievable place to be and I don’t suppose that anything stacks up fairly prefer it and I hope that the subsequent era can see that it’s a phenomenal factor to do, and nothing actually compares.”

Canadian leads to ladies’s and males’s singles:

  • Hollie Naughton (ON): Silver Medal
  • Nicole Bunyan (BC):
    • Spherical of 32: win vs Chanithma Sinaly (Sri Lanka) by 3-0
    • Spherical of 16: loss vs Georgina Kennedy (England) by 3-0
  • Nick Sachvie (ON):
    • Spherical of 64: win vs Kundanji Kalengo (Zambia) by 3-1
    • Spherical of 32: win vs Lwamba Chileshe (New Zealand) by 3-2
    • Spherical of 16: loss vs Eain Yow (Malaysia) by 3-0
  • David Baillargeon (QC):
    • Spherical of 64: win vs Chayse Mc Quan (Trinidad and Tobago) by 3-0
    • Spherical of 32: win vs Peter Creed (Wales) by 3-1
    • Spherical of 16: loss vs Saurav Ghosal (India) by 3-0

Up subsequent for the Canadian Squash group is Combined Doubles, Males’s Doubles and Ladies’s Doubles. The pairings are as follows:

  • Combined Doubles: Nicole Bunyan/David Baillargeon and Hollie Naughton/Nick Sachvie
  • Males’s Doubles: David Baillargeon/Nick Sachvie
  • Ladies’s Doubles: Hollie Naughton/Nicole Bunyan

Comply with the Squash occasion on the 2022 Commonwealth Video games – Click on Right here

Hollie Naughton was featured on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning program with Ismaila Alfa on Thursday August 4, 2022 – Pay attention Right here

Picture Credit score: Yan Huckendubler, Commonwealth Sport Canada



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